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Deal alert: Fly American first class to a reopened Hawaii from 75,000 miles roundtrip

April 09, 2021
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Hawaii 2020
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If you’ve wanted to head to a reopened Hawaii while unloading your AAdvantage miles, now might be the time to book.

We’re currently seeing American Airlines business class award space to Hawaii starting from 75,000 AAdvantage miles roundtrip. This deal is available from various cities across the U.S. to Honolulu (HNL), Lihue (LIH), Maui (OGG) and Kona (KOA).

There’s availability for travel from now through mid-summer, but you’ll want to act quickly because there's no telling how long it'll be around.

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AAdvantage awards in premium cabins are notoriously difficult to book at low mileage levels, but every so often, web special deals appear below the cost of a MilesAAver award ticket. Regardless, a roundtrip MilesAAver first award from the continental U.S. to Hawaii would typically require 110,000 miles so this is potentially a significant savings.

American flies an array of different equipment to Hawaii, but several of these routes are on widebody planes -- complete with direct aisle access from every business class seat, lie-flat beds and full, hot meals.

Related: American Airlines just put widebodies on 3 Alaska, Hawaii routes

As of November 2020, change and cancellation fees on all American award tickets, including Web Specials, are waived. That's regardless of destination or class of service. While they remain non-changeable, anyone can now redeposit them back into an AAdvantage account for free.

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The deal

Airline: American Airlines

Routes: Various cities to Honolulu (HNL), Lihue (LIH), Maui (OGG) and Kona (KOA). At the time of this writing, HNL has the most availability from 75,000 miles roundtrip.

Cost: From 75,000 AAdvantage miles roundtrip in first class (some routes with lie-flat seats)

Dates: Now through mid-summer

Pay Taxes/Fees With: The Platinum Card® from American Express (5x on airfare booked directly with the airline; on up to $500,000 on these purchases per calendar year), Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x on travel) or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card (2x on travel) for travel protections on the award flight.

Sample itineraries

Here are a few examples of what you can book.

New York (NYC) to Honolulu (HNL) with a connection

(Screenshot courtesy of American)

New York (NYC) to Maui (OGG) with a connection

(Screenshot courtesy of American)

Los Angeles (LAX) to Lihue (LIH) nonstop

(Screenshot courtesy of American)

Chicago (ORD) to Kona (KOA) with a connection

(Screenshot courtesy of American)

Hawaii routes with lie-flat seats (May-June 2021)

OriginDestinationPlane type(s)
CLTHNLBoeing 777-200
DFWHNLBoeing 777-200, Boeing 777-300, Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner
DFWKOABoeing 777-200
DFWOGGBoeing 777-200, Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner
ORDHNLBoeing 787-8 Dreamliner
PHXHNLBoeing 777-200
PHXOGGBoeing 777-200

Boosting your AAdvantage balance

There are a variety of ways to boost your AAdvantage balance, so you're ready for the next deal. One way is to sign up for an AAdvantage credit card. Some of the better offers include:

  • Citi® / AAdvantage® Executive World Elite Mastercard®: Earn 50,000 miles after you spend $5,000 on purchases in the first three months of account opening. Earn 2 miles per dollar on eligible American Airlines purchases. Earn 1 mile per dollar spent on other purchases. ($450 annual fee)
  • Citi® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® World Elite Mastercard®: For a limited time earn 75,000 bonus miles after spending $3,500 on purchases in the first four months of account opening. Earn 2x AAdvantage miles on gas station, restaurant, and eligible American Airlines purchases and 1x mile elsewhere. ($99 annual fee, waived the first year)
  • CitiBusiness® / AAdvantage® Platinum Select® Mastercard®: Earn 65,000 bonus miles after spending $4,000 in purchases within the first four months of account opening. ($99 annual fee, waived for the first 12 months)

The information for the CitiBusiness AAdvantage Platinum Select has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Related: Choosing the best credit card for American Airlines flyers

Maximize your purchase

When paying the taxes and fees on your award ticket, be sure to use a credit card that earns additional points on airfare purchases and offers travel protection if anything goes wrong. Cards that fit the bill include The Platinum Card® from American Express, Chase Sapphire Reserve, or the Chase Sapphire Preferred Card.

Related: The best credit cards for paying taxes and fees on award tickets

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